Jon Bon Jovi – Blaze Of Glory

Music video by Jon Bon Jovi performing Blaze Of Glory. (C) 1990 The Island Def Jam Music Group


[Verse 1]
I wake up in the morning and I raise my weary head
I’ve got an old coat for a pillow, and the earth was last night’s bed
I don’t know where I’m goin’, only God knows where I’ve been
I’m a devil on the run, a six gun lover, a candle in the wind

[Verse 2]
When you’re brought into this world, they say you’re born in sin
Well at least they gave me somethin’, I didn’t have to steal or have to win
Well they tell me that I’m wanted, yeah, I’m a wanted man
I’m colt in your stable, I’m what Cain was to Abel, Mr. Catch-Me-If-You-Can

[Chorus 1]
I’m goin’ down in a blaze of glory
Take me now but know the truth
I’m goin’ out in a blaze of glory
And, Lord, I never drew first, but I drew first blood
I’m no one’s son, call me young gun

[Verse 3]
You ask about my conscience and I offer you my soul
You ask If I’ll grow to be a wise man, well I ask if I’ll grow old
You ask me if I’ve known love and what it’s like to sing songs in the rain
Well, I’ve seen love come, I’ve seen it shot down, I’ve seen it die in vain

[Chorus 2]
Shot down in a blaze of glory
Take me now but know the truth
‘Cause I’m goin’ out in a blaze of glory
Lord, I never drew first but I drew first blood
I’m the devil’s son, call me young gun

Each night I go to bed, I pray the Lord my soul to keep
No I ain’t lookin’ for forgiveness, but before I’m six foot deep
Lord, I gotta ask a favor, and I’ll hope you’ll understand
‘Cause I’ve lived life to the fullest, let this boy die like a man
Starin’ down a bullet, let me make my final stand

[Chorus 2]
Shot down in a blaze of glory
Take me now but know the truth
I’m goin’ out in a blaze of glory
Lord, I never drew first but I drew first blood
And I’m no one’s son, call me young gun
I’m a young gun
Young gun
Young gun

Blaze of Glory” is the debut solo single by Jon Bon Jovi which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream rock chart in 1990,[1] his only chart-topper away from his band Bon Jovi. The song also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart.[2] “Blaze of Glory” also topped the ARIA music chart in Australia for a total of six weeks, and reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

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The song was allegedly recorded by Jon Bon Jovi because Emilio Estevez requested Bon Jovi’s song “Wanted Dead or Alive” for the soundtrack to Young Guns II, but Bon Jovi did not think the lyrics about the band constantly touring, fit the theme of the Western movie. However, the request inspired him to write “Blaze of Glory” with lyrics more topical to the film.

The song features a music video and remains a crowd favorite with Bon Jovi fans, despite the fact that the song was not released as one of the band’s singles, and only by Jon. The track is notable for the performance of Jeff Beck on guitar.


It first appeared in the motion picture Young Guns II, for which it was originally recorded. It later appeared as the title track on his solo album Blaze of Glory. Next, it appeared on Cross Road, Bon Jovi’s greatest hits album. It appeared on Bon Jovi’s live DVD Live From London and their 2010 Greatest Hits album.

The song was sung by Phil Stacey on American Idol in 2007 and by Caitlyn Shadbolt on The X Factor Australia in 2014.

In October 2005, “Blaze of Glory” was voted as “Best Song to Ride a Horse to in Slow Motion” by Blender Magazine.

The song is referenced in the 2008 romantic comedy My Best Friend’s Girl, where Jason Biggs‘ character is told by a babysitter he has been “Shot down…. in a blaze of glory” after insulting the woman he was about to go out on a date with.

In 2009, the song became the theme song for Storm Chasers season 3.

The song, as performed by Jeffster!, was featured in the third-season finale of the NBC television series Chuck.

Blaze of Glory was covered by 2010 X Factor Australia winner Altiyan Childs for his self-titled debut album.

It was also featured in the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode “Mac & Charlie Die (Part One)”, where Mac and Charlie play the song on the car radio right before staging their deaths.

The lyrics to the song were also featured in the horror game Silent Hill 2, on the back of a letter written by James Sunderland’s dead wife Mary.

In a mission where the Protoss make the final stand in the widely popular video-game Starcraft 2, the player can unlock the ‘Blaze of Glory’ achievement if he manages to kill 2250 Zerg before the last Protoss unit falls.

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 21
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[7] 13
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 1
Finland (Suomen musiikkilistoilla)[9] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[20] 1
US Cash Box[21] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1990) Position
Australia (ARIA)[23] 20
Germany (Official German Charts)[24] 87
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[25] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 10
US Cash Box[28] 5
Chart (2007) Peak
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[22] 45

Sales and certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[29] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[30] Gold 5,000*
United States (RIAA)[31] Platinum 1,000,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Year Nominee/work Award Result
1991 Academy Awards Best Original Song Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Original Song Won
Grammy Award Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated
MTV Video Music Award Best Male Video Nominated
Best Video from a Film Nominated

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